posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 04:25 AM
Bit of a shame really. I know next to nothing about the Elks but the Buffaloes are a philanthropic organization. Unlike the Lodges I visited in
England, where you could turn up in casual dress with no tie, here in Oz a suit was mandatory and all regalia had to be worn when attending the lodge.
It gave a sense of dignity, responsibility and respect to each other regardless of your occupation outside the lodge. The highest ranked member of a
lodge could be your local garbage man. It made no difference whatsoever and gave ordinary people from everyday walks of life a sense of purpose. We
raised many thousands, if not millions, over the years for many worthwhile charitable organizations as well as looking after fellow brothers who fell
on unfortunate times. There were also a number of what were called "Ladies Glades" that served the same purpose.
I remember at one stage, the Grand Lodge in Melbourne had the entire cast of the stage show "Mame" amongst it's members and we would get it all for
free! Also, many of them were in the hospitality industry working at the kitchens in Melbourne's finest hotels. Consequently we got Crayfish, King
Prawns, Caviar etc., when we visited as against the usual cheese and lettuce sandwiches at our Mother lodges.
But, that was then, this is now and today's generation prefer something a little more exciting.